Lockheed Martin Laying-off 38 at Middle River Plant

… Defense contractor cites poor economy, tight defense spending …

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By Gus G. Sentementes, The Baltimore Sun

4:33 PM EDT, May 5, 2011

A division of Lockheed Martin Corp. announced Thursday that it is laying off 38 employees, mainly engineers, at its Middle River facility in Baltimore County due to the poor economy and reduced defense spending.

The Bethesda-based company’s mission systems and sensors, or MS2, division will reduce its workforce at the plant by May 19. After the layoffs, 425 MS2 employees will remain in Middle River, plus an additional 95 employees who work at the facility for other Lockheed Martin divisions.

The layoffs are part of a workforce reduction announced in March by Lockheed, which expected to dismiss roughly 350 employees nationwide. Due to attrition over the last few months, however, Lockheed on Thursday said it would lay off 227 people across the country.

In April 2010 Lockheed Martin laid off 37 employees at the Middle River plant.

Gus.sentementes@baltsun.com

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